9 min read · From 2017 · In real life, in the natural course of conversation, it is not uncommon to talk about a person you may know. You meet someone and say, “I’m from Sarasota,” and they say, “Oh, I have a grandparent in Sarasota,” and they tell you where they live and their name, and you may or may not recognize them.
20+ min read · Mar 18th · When a secretive start-up scraped the internet to build a facial-recognition tool, it tested a legal and ethical limit — and blew the future of privacy in America wide open.
The more society-changing aspect of facial recognition in the United States may be how private companies deploy it. And imagine what you would do with a face-identifying app on your phone: a Shazam for people. You would never forget someone’s name at a party again.
And anonymity could be eradicated in day-to-day life.
The screen filled with a grid of photos of the younger Abrams from around the web, with the source of each identified in tiny type under the photo.
1 min read · May 4th · Companies like Facebook aren’t building technology for you, they’re building technology for your data. They collect everything they can from FB, Instagram, and WhatsApp in order to sell visibility…
Companies like Facebook aren’t building technology for you, they’re building technology for your data.
We created a multi-variant targeted ad designed to show you the personal data that Facebook collects about you and sells access to. The ad would simply display some of the information collected about the viewer which the advertising platform uses. Facebook was not into that idea.
Facebook’s world, the only acceptable usage is to hide what you’re doing from your audience.
3 min read · Oct 11th · Apple has taken a public stand on privacy, curtailing data abuses by apps and declaring it doesn’t exploit its users’ information. But it has also created comprehensive new ways to track us
~18 min read · Oct 14th · The long read: Edwin Robbe had a troubled life, but found excitement and purpose by joining an audacious community of hackers. Then the real world caught up with his online activities